HC Deb 24 May 1928 vol 217 cc2072-3W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Foundling Estates, Limited, have submitted plans for building on the site of the Foundling Hospital, including a new road which will encroach on the Mecklenburgh and Brunswick Garden Squares; that the proposed road will cut through the garden enclosures of Caroline Place and Lansdowne Place; and that buildings on the north frontage of Guilford Street will involve the removal of large portions of these two garden enclosures; when he proposes to resume the public inquiry into the London County Council Holborn and St. Pancras town-planning scheme, adjourned on 3rd February, 1928; and will he exercise his powers to restrain the proposed encroachment upon the garden squares and the destruction of garden enclosures?


I have not details of the submitted plans, but the approval of plans for building on the site of the Foundling Hospital rests with the London County Council, and I have no power to prohibit the approval. I have communicated with the London County Council on the town planning proposals and the resumption of the inquiry depends on whether the council decide to proceed with the town-planning scheme so far as it applies to the site of the Foundling Hospital.